This man is Sir Alex Ferguson’s heir. He arrived riding atop a wave of good feeling. How is it that he’s already a laughing stock, when he’s only a few months into his career as Manchester United manager?
The mistakes have been many and numerous this summer. It all starts with David Moyes’ inability to sell Manchester United to potential targets. Thiago Alcantara should have been chomping at the bit for a move to Old Trafford. The opportunity to play for (arguably) the best club in the best league in the world, should have held plenty of appeal.
Instead, things stalled and the Spaniard ended up moving to Bayern Munich to team-up once more with ex-boss Pep Guardiola.
Then there was the Cesc Fabregas saga, which turned out to be a complete waste of time. Cesc’s DNA is half Arsenal, half Barcelona. I can’t see him playing for any other club throughout his career. At this stage, he’s desperate to make it at the Nou Camp and was never likely to find Manchester United an attractive proposition.
Even more embarrassing were United’s attempts to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder, Ander Herrera. Rodrigo Garcia Lucas, Alvaro Reig Gurrea and Francisco Salinas Mezquita are the ‘impostor’ solicitors who attempted to sign the La Liga ace, seemingly without United’s permission. It was a truly bizarre affair.
In the end, Manchester United signed Marouane Fellaini, but not before missing out on Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao. What’s more, the big Belgium was signed for £27.5m, £4m more than he was available for at the start of the transfer window.
Still, United’s work this summer wasn’t a complete waste. David Moyes managed one thing particularly well: he kept hold of Wayne Rooney.
Signing Robin Van Persie last year has clearly diminished Wazza’s role at the club, but I can’t see him being anything other than essential this season.
With United’s midfield lacking cohesion and creativity, it’s up to the strikers to compensate. Together Wayne Rooney and RVP can accomplish this.
Wayne is among the best strikers in the Premier League and is arguably its most hard-working. This combination makes him a brilliant team-player (even if he clearly has attitude problems) and an essential cog in the United machine.
If Moyes had lost Wayne, the club would really be in trouble. But with Rooney still in tow, maybe they’ll muddle through.
What’s your take? How important will Wayne Rooney be for Manchester United this season?
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